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Conference on human health and global climate change : summary of the proceedings / Paul B. Phelps ; National Science and Technology Council (US) ; Institute of Medicine (US) ; edited by Valerie Setlow and Andrew Pope.

Author/creator Phelps, Paul B. author.
Format Electronic and Book
Publication Info Washington (DC) : National Academies Press (US), 1996.
Description1 online resource : illustrations
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Other author/creatorSetlow, Valerie, editor.
Other author/creatorPope, Andrew MacPherson, 1950- editor.
Other author/creatorNational Science and Technology Council (U.S.), sponsoring body.
Other author/creatorInstitute of Medicine (U.S.), sponsoring body.
Other author/creatorConference on Human Health and Global Climate Change (1995 : Washington, D.C.)
Contents Conference on Human Health and Global Climate Change -- Contents -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY -- BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW -- GREENHOUSE WARMING -- OZONE DEPLETION -- POTENTIAL HUMAN HEALTH EFFECTS OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE -- INFECTIOUS DISEASE -- Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases -- Non-Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases -- DIRECT EFFECTS ON HUMAN HEALTH -- Heat Stress -- Skin Cancer, Cataracts, and Immune Suppression -- INDIRECT EFFECTS ON HUMAN HEALTH -- Food Production and Nutritional Health -- Fresh Water Quality and Quantity -- Air Pollution and Allergens -- Weather Disasters and Rising Sea Level.
Contents Social and Demographic Dislocations -- POLICY IMPLICATIONS -- PANEL REPORTS -- Global Surveillance and Response -- Disease Prevention -- Education for the Medical and Public Health Communities -- International Cooperation -- Research and Development Needs -- Public Outreach and Risk Communication -- SUMMARY OF PRIORITIES AND STRATEGIES -- References and Further Reading -- APPENDIX A National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Sponsoring Members, Interagency Working Group, Institute of -- NSTC SPONSORING MEMBER AGENCIES -- NSTC INTERAGENCY WORKING GROUP.
Contents INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE/NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES STEERING COMMITTEE -- INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE/NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES STEERING COMMITTEE -- OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY -- APPENDIX B Conference Agenda -- AGENDA -- APPENDIX C Speakers, Authors, Chairs, and Conference Registrants -- SPEAKERS -- AUTHORS -- CHAIRS -- CONFERENCE REGISTRANTS -- APPENDIX D Abstracts of Conference Presentations -- GEORGE ALLEYNE, M.D. -- J. BRIAN ATWOOD -- ERIC CHIVIAN, M.D. -- RITA R. COLWELL, PH. D -- STEPHEN C. JOSEPH, M.D., M.P.H. -- LAURENCE KALKSTEIN, PH. D -- MARGARET L. KRIPKE, PH. D.
Contents ANTHONY J. MCMICHAEL, M.D., PH. D -- STEPHEN S. MORSE, PH. D -- JOEL SCHWARTZ, PH. D -- ROBERT E. SHOPE, M.D. -- ROBERT T. WATSON, PH. D -- M. GORDON "REDS" WOLMAN, PH. D -- DAVID OOT, PH. D. -- ADDITIONAL ABSTRACT OF CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS -- J. Michael Hall, Ph. D., and Paul Epstein, M.D., M.P.H.
Summary Changes in the Earth's climate over the past 100 years appear to be consistent with theoretical models of greenhouse warming, according to the participants in a recent scientific conference on Human Health and Global Climate Change, cosponsored by the National Science and Technology Council and the Institute of Medicine. The focus of concern to the conference participants was the substantial risks to human health, including both direct risks (e.g., death in heat waves or floods, skin cancer) and indirect risks (e.g., changes in food production or the distribution and incidence of vector-borne diseases) that are believed to be associated with changes in global climate. The general agreement that emerged during the conference was that changes in the global climate could pose significant risks to human health. The lack of complete data should not be used as an excuse for inaction, instead, the precautionary principle should apply: If the risk to public health is great, even if there is uncertainty, both policy and action should be biased in favor of precaution. Participants identified a number of actions that should be taken, including (a) the creation of a global surveillance and response network; (b) increased coordination among nations and scientific disciplines; (c) multidisciplinary research on the links between global climate change and human health; (d) improved environmental health training for health professionals; and (e) an outreach program to inform and educate the public about the effects of global climate change on human health. In the face of current fiscal constraints, these efforts must be based on identifying and linking together existing activities, facilities, organizations, and funding agencies.
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Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references.
Funding informationFunding for the conference was provided by the National Academy of Sciences, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health's Fogarty International Center and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for International Development, and the Department of Energy.
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